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Greensboro, NC-- Some early college students whose experiment will be sent into space, got a surprise bonus for their work.

Six STEM Early College at NCA&Tstudents were chosen to send a science experiment to the International Space Station (ISS). As an added bonus on Monday, Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green and NC A&T's Chancellor, Dr. Harold Martin presented the students with their own lab coats.

For their experiment,students studied the effects of zero gravity on plant growth to determine whether crops could be grown in outer space.

The experiment will be sent in a test tube to the International Space Station later this spring. It will remain therefor about a month and a half before returning to Earth. Once it returns the students will analyze the results.

The experiment was selected from 74 proposals submitted by GCS students for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

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